Child Participation

Children have the right to participate in matters affecting their lives and should be enabled to give their opinions, and to have those opinions taken into account. Through participation, children learn self-expression, empowerment and ultimately greater self-esteem.  Children are a diverse group and therefore children of different ages, abilities, backgrounds, races, and both genders should ideally be included in a consultation process.

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World Vision and UNICEF East Asia and Pacific,

More than 100 child participants across East Asia convened with government officials to discuss the increased instances of child violence experienced during COVID-19 at World Vision’s Asia Pacific Child Well-Being Learning Exchange forum on 18 November 2020.

World Vision,

This global report is a consolidation of six regional reports based on consultations conducted between April and August 2020 that used a qualitative approach. The report is organised around the three themes emerging from the data: (1) the impacts of COVID-19 on children and young people; (2) their resilient responses to these impacts personally, in their families and communities; and (3) the support that children and young people need to be safe, healthy and help to fight the further spread of the virus.

Kadi Lauri, Karmen Toros & Rafaela Lehtme - Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal,

This article explores children’s views and experiences of participation within the context of child protection assessment practice.

Scottish Care Leavers Covenant Alliance,

This briefing paper aims to highlight some of the key issues and some of the solutions that have been identified through regular meetings of the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant (SCLC) Alliance during the COVID-19 pandemic, drawing together learning from their own work and extensive networks with partners to offer a number of recommendations, and to prioritise steps to improve the lives of care leavers.

Francie Zimmerman - Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP),

This report describes efforts through 2019 by the Center for the Study of Social Policy's Youth Thrive initiative to increase opportunities so that all youth have the chance to thrive.

Aida Urrea Monclús, Ainoa Mateos Inchaurrondo, Laura Fernández-Rodrigo, M Àngels Balsells Bailón - Journal of Social Work,

This article presents the results of a qualitative study whose objective was to collect information on the perceptions of changes in parents and their children who are in the Spanish foster care system after completing a positive parenting programme.

Karmen Toros - Children & Society,

This article examines children's views on and experiences with participation in the child protection system's decision‐making process.

Vanessa Currie, Laura H.V. Wright, Helen Veitch, Yana Mayevskaya, and Lindsay Rogers - Child Protection Area of Responsibility, CPC Learning Network, International Institute for Child Rights and Development, IFRC and UNICEF ,

How is it best for adult-led organizations to reach out to children? Who should do so, and how can they do so safely? This guide provides some guidance on those questions and links to additional resources.

The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action,

This evidence synthesis analyses emerging practices and preliminary guidance for engaging children in the response to child protection (CP) challenges during the various stages of COVID-19 and other infectious disease outbreaks (e.g. Ebola).

Elin Hultman, Staffan Höjer, Monica Larsson - Child & Family Social Work,

The aim of this paper is to describe and analyse the notion of age and maturity in child protection proceedings in order to elucidate how these aspects could influence children's rights to participate.